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Will Cameron speak on reparation?

Published:Tuesday | September 29, 2015 | 9:20 AM
In pic: Prime Minister David Cameron. Olivia Grange said she believes Cameron would consider it unusual to be visiting Jamaica at this time in history and have extensive discussions with top government officials and not have the subject of reparation raised at some point.

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is questioning whether the Government will allow diplomacy to supersede national dignity by allowing the UK Prime Minister to leave Jamaica without raising the issue of reparations.

In a release yesterday, the party’s spokesperson on information, Olivia Grange said she believes Prime Minister David Cameron would consider it unusual to be visiting Jamaica at this time in history and have extensive discussions with top government officials and not have the subject of reparation raised at some point.

She notes that the House of Representatives has voted to have in favour of having the claim put to the UK.

However, she says nothing has been done since the resolution was passed.

Meanwhile, her opposition colleague, Mike Henry, has already vowed to boycott the British Prime Minister’s address to parliament.

According to Henry, Britain owes Jamaicans £7 trillion in reparation payments.

 

Central Clarendon Member of Parliament Mike Henry.

In yesterday’s publication of The Gleaner, Chairman of CARICOM Reparation Commission and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Hilary Beckles, called attention to the issue of reparatory justice, in an open letter to Cameron.

He said reparations were owed for the crimes against humanity committed by the British State and its citizens in the form of chattel slavery and native genocide.